Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Guest Post: Tips and Tricks for DIY Hair Colouring

We’ve all had those at-home hair disasters whilst getting a little experimental with a box dye. Whether it’s blonde that’s turned orange or stained brown splodges along the hairline, most of us have been there and got the t-shirt. If you’ve not nailed it by now, or even if you’re a beginner dipping your toe into DIY hair colouring for the first time, here are a few tips us seasoned experts have learnt along the way…
Vaseline is Your Best Friend
Before you even think about tearing open that box of brown hair dye, grab a tub of Vaseline and apply it around your hairline, on your ears and on the back of your neck. The Vaseline will form a barrier between your skin and the hair dye, meaning if any strays onto your forehead, ears or neck, it can be wiped away. This is a step not to be skipped; hair dye stains are notoriously difficult to remove and it can take weeks for them to fade.
Going Blonde? Go to the Hairdressers!
Unless you’re an at-home hair dying veteran, avoid attempting highlights and don’t even bother with blonde dyes from a box. Blonde is notoriously hard to get right and often results in bright orange locks when you attempt it yourself, so save up your money and book an appointment with a professional.
Don’t Underestimate the Mess
Before you start, look around you. Are there any towels, fabrics or surfaces that you wouldn’t like to be stained in the process of your DIY hair dye job? If there is, either remove them from the vicinity or cover them up; no matter how careful you are, you’d be surprised at how far hair dye can splash!
Caring for Your Hair
Colouring your hair isn’t the best thing for it, and it can often be left feeling damaged. Stock up on hair oils and serums and always use a heat protectant spray if you want your new colour to look its best. To stop your colour fading, stock up on some professional shampoos and conditioners used by hairdressers – Tigi’s are especially good. If you happen to use a mobile hair dresser, ask her to get them at a discounted rate from a wholesaler like Capital Hair & Beauty – the industrial salon-sized bottles will last you forever!


  1. I've had a lot of hair disasters mostly from bleaching, I do a lot of deep conditionings to it and because I use directions pink and purple on my hair i mix it with conditioner so it doesn't ruin my hair. Nice informative post!! X

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